Just after Fabrizio Lombardo’s name emerged in the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Anthony Bourdain began to wonder what he “does for a living.” Lambardo, the one-time head of Miramax’s Italy branch, allegedly as part of his Miramax job took “care of Weinstein’s women needs, among other things.”
A former Times writer, Sharon Waxman, wrote in The Wrap Sunday that she had been working on a piece that outlined similar allegations against Weinstein in 2004, part of which revolved around Lombardo, 50, who Waxman claims were responsible for procuring Russian escorts.
Lombardo reportedly had little film experience but was hired by Miramax for a $400,000 salary for less than a year. Waxman also claimed that Matt Damon and Russell Crowe helped kill the piece. However, Damon denies any role in killing the piece.
“Harvey said, Sharon Waxman is writing a story about Fabrizio and it’s really negative. Can you just call and tell her what your experience with Fabrizio was. So I did, and that’s what I said to her. It didn’t even make the piece that she wrote,” Damon said in an interview with Deadline Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Bourdain’s question about Fabrizio’s work came after he expressed support for his girlfriend, Italian actress Asia Argento, who is among the alleged victims of Weinstein.
“I am proud and honored to know you,” Bourdain tweeted to Argento on Tuesday morning. “You just did the hardest thing in the world.”
“Can we use the word ‘rapist’ now? #Weinstein,” he later posted.
In a New Yorker article published Tuesday morning, Argento, 42, claims that Weinstein sexually assaulted her in 1997, forcibly performing oral sex on her. She alleges that she was invited to what was supposed to be a Miramax party at a hotel in France, but arrived to find Weinstein alone in his hotel room.
“He asks me to give a massage. I was, like, ‘Look, man, I am no f—— fool,’ ” Argento told writer Ronan Farrow of her experience. “But, looking back, I am a f——- fool. And I am still trying to come to grips with what happened.” She later added: “It wouldn’t stop. It was a nightmare.”
Argento also accepted that following the incident she had a consensual relationship with Weinstein, saying: “He made it sound like he was my friend and he really appreciated me.”
She also admitted that she has been hesitant to come forward because of Weinstein’s power in the industry. “I know he has crushed a lot of people before,” she said. “That’s why this story—in my case, it’s twenty years old, some of them are older—has never come out.”
Several women, including actresses Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow, have claimed that Weinstein harrassed them. Amid the growing scandal, Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman, 41, revealed in a statement that she is leaving her husband.
“My heart breaks for all the women who have suffered tremendous pain because of these unforgivable actions. I have chosen to leave my husband,” she said in a statement to People. “Caring for my young children is my first priority and I ask the media for privacy at this time.”
Previously, Weinstein, 65, stated in an interview with the New York Post that he had the support of his wife.
“She stands 100 percent behind me. Georgina and I have talked about this at length,” he told the Post last week. “We went out with Lisa Bloom last night when we knew the article was coming out. Georgina will be with Lisa and others kicking my ass to be a better human being and to apologize to people for my bad behavior, to say I’m sorry, and to absolutely mean it.”